Do ovarian cysts cause belly fat? This is a question that’s been asked a lot lately. There are a few different causes of belly fat; some say because of the location of the ovarian cyst, while others say there is definitely impact from ovarian cysts on body composition.
While it’s important to research the topic, understanding what causes belly fat and how to address it are often hard That’s why I’ve put together a guide to ovarian cysts, why they might cause belly fat, and how to deal with them.
What is an ovarian cyst?
Ovarian cysts are located in the perineum (under the waist). This is where the vaginal opening is. They can be size 6 or 7, which is what they are located from. Ovarian cysts can be:
Prevalent: Yes, about 10 percent of women experience them
Non-prevalent: Less than 1 percent of women experience them
Small: It’s not large enough to notice
What causes belly fat?
If you are taking in more calories that you are burning through physical activity, you will likely gain weight. Women especially tend to gain weight around their waistline and hips.
2. Unhealthy diet
For many women, growing more abdominal fat may be in their genes. Familial DNA can control gene receptors for hormones that regulate caloric intake and fat storage. Out of the three genes linked to a higher waist-to-hip ratio and greater amounts of abdominal fat, two are found only in women.
Not moving enough throughout the day is one the biggest risk factors of an increase in both visceral and subcutaneous abdominal fat. Engaging in regular physical activity and limiting sitting for long periods of time can help prevent the storage of excess fat in your stomach.
Gaining weight after menopause is common. During puberty, estrogen signals the body to begin storing fat on the hips and thighs in preparation for a potential pregnancy. However, estrogen levels drop as you approach menopause, causing fat to be stored around the abdomen instead of the hips and thighs
How is an ovarian cyst diagnosed?
As most ovarian cysts cause no symptoms, many cysts are diagnosed by chance – for example, during a routine examination, or if you have an ultrasound scan for another reason.
If you have symptoms suggestive of an ovarian cyst, your doctor may examine your tummy (abdomen) and perform an internal (vaginal) examination. They may be able to feel an abnormal swelling which may be a cyst.
An ultrasound scan can confirm an ovarian cyst. An ultrasound scan is a safe and painless test which uses sound waves to create images of organs and structures inside your body. The probe of the scanner may be placed on your abdomen to scan the ovaries. A small probe is also often placed inside your vagina to scan your ovaries, to obtain more detailed images.
A blood test called a CA125 test is often done as well as an ultrasound scan. If this test is normal it is unlikely your cyst is cancerous. In itself a normal blood test does not completely rule out ovarian cancer, but it can do in combination with an ultrasound appearance of a benign cyst.
How to deal with the impact they have on body composition
When you have an ovarian cyst, your body composition is changing quickly. The average female has about 20% of their body weight in fat, while a single male has almost 60%. This mean that if you are looking to lower fat you may be over-weight putting on body. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, I’ve found that taking measures such as exercise, eating a balanced diet, and getting enough sleep are all important.
Why ovarian cysts cause belly fat
Belly fat is often caused by easy to find information. Many people are afraid to ask for help because they think that answer might be negative. The truth is that there is no one answer to whether or not ovarian cysts cause belly fat. You might want to speak with a doctor before addressing the issue. Many people prefer not to have their baby because they feel it would mean they are “putting their body down”.
The location of ovarian cyst and their impact
While it’s important to research the topic, understanding what causes belly fat and how to address it are often hard to tell. That’s why I’ve put together a guide to ovarian cysts, why they might cause belly fat, and how to deal with them.
Treating ovarian cysts
There are many different ways to treat ovarian cysts. The best way to know is that they should be treated as if they were body parts. This means taking the time to understand what they are and how they work will be better for the both of you. It’s also important to be proactive about it- not passive. What’s good for the provider is good for the patient, and the patient is always best when this is true. It’s also important to be mindful of your own health and wellbeing as a result of treatment choices.
How to lose weight with ovarian cyst
There are a few different ways to remove ovarian cysts. Some use a vacuum aspiration tool to remove the cyst from the peri-papilla, while others use a surgery. My personal preference is the latter option because it’s quick, painless, and doesn’t require any anaesthesia.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Do ovarian cysts cause belly fat?
A: In the early stages of every menstrual cycle, your ovaries normally develop small cyst-like structures called follicles – when you ovulate, an egg is released from one of these follicles. If a normal follicle keeps on growing, it becomes a ‘functional cyst’. This type of cyst usually disappears within two or three cycles.
Factors that increase your risk of developing ovarian cysts include hormone changes (including fertility drugs), pregnancy, endometriosis and a severe pelvic infection that spreads to your ovaries.
Many small ovarian cysts will resolve and disappear over a few months. You may be advised to have a repeat ultrasound scan after a few months or so. If the cyst goes away then no further action is needed.